Pecha Kucha Success

Back Row (from L to R): Ms. Camille Mori, Dr. Patricia Steinhoff, Mr. Mattias van Ommen, Dr. Mire Koikari.
Front Row (from L to R): Mr. Stevie Suan, Dr. Hirohisa Saito, Mr. Daniel Allen.

On Friday, October 26, CJS hosted Pecha Kucha IV.  The event was a resounding success, attracting nearly 50 attendees from around the campus and community.  Throughout the evening, we learned about Japanese Role Playing Games being more than the sum of their parts, were given the key to the future of international relations in East Asia (mutual cosmopolitan commemoration accompanied by a critical reappropriation of the Tokyo Judgement, of course), heard tales of one-way sharing of culture by American home economists in post-war Okinawa, entertained speculations on the sorry state of the Japanese Alpine Olympic Ski team,  saw ways of making Japanese Invisible Civil Society visible by examining their gatherings, connectors and traces, and were enlightened regarding how Pure Land Buddhism was responsible for the revival of Shingon Buddhism in the 12th century.  A big thanks to our esteemed presenters Mattias van Ommen, Dr. Hirohisa Saito, Dr. Mire Koikari, Daniel Allen, Dr. Patricia Steinhoff and Camille Mori, and our masterful master of ceremonies Stevie Suan!

Event Flyer.


Dr. Holthus on Parental Well-being

From left to right: Hiroki Igarashi and Mike Dziesinski (doctoral students in sociology), Prof. Pat Steinhoff (sociology), Dr. Barbara Holthus,
Prof. Mire Koikari (women’s studies), Dr. Robin O’Day (postdoctoral fellow in sociology), Shinji Kojima (doctoral student in sociology).

On Friday, October 5, Dr. Barbara Holthus reported the first findings of a comparative study of parental well-being in Japan. Dr. Holthus, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Sociology from UH. Dr. Holthus explained that despite a declining birthrate and changing lifestyles, married couples still represent the dominant form of families in Japan. She offered evidence of the effect of economic tensions on well-being and highlighted the gender gap in the division of household labor. Married men, on the whole, seem more satisfied than women, especially with regard to the division of household labor and childcare. A gender gap persists with regard to household labor in both actual and idealized situations. The rich data set, gathered earlier this year, is only just beginning to be explored. This seminar was co-sponsored by CJS, Sociology, and the UH Center on the Family; audience members from the three units filled the Tokioka Room and shared in the discussion.

Parental Well-being in Japan: A New Look at Gendered Families by Dr. Barbara Holthus

CJS, with help from the UH Department of Sociology and Center on the Family,  is pleased to announce the next installment of our Fall Seminar Series.  Dr. Barbara Holthus, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, will address the sexual division of labor in Japan and its correlation to the satisfaction of the parents.  She will examine parental well-being in detail and draw comparisons between Japan and Germany.  Please join us.  Link to flyer.

Rakugo Brings Laughter to UH

Dr. Kimie Oshima brought Rakugo stories to amuse a large audience in Orvis Auditorium on Friday, September 14, 2012. UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple and Acting Consul General Kazunari Tanaka gave opening remarks. Professor of Theatre Julie Iezzi introduced the performer. Through comic tales about animals and people, Dr. Oshima taught the conventions of Japanese sit-down comedy and some of Japanese culture. She made a strong case for the universality of humor as well. Post-performance, Dr. Oshima met the UH community on the lanai outside Orvis Auditorium. Link to event flyer.

Master Calligrapher Impresses with Shodo Demonstration

Kunii Takezaki performing for the JCC. Upper right: Takezaki displaying a sample of her work.

8th level (Hachi Dan) calligraphy master Kunii Takezaki, from Okinawa, gave a spirited Shodo performance for the Japanese Culture Club on Friday, September 14, 2012. After the performance, attendees lined up to have their names transposed into beautiful calligraphy by the gracious Takezaki.